Rolex was founded in 1905 by Hans Wildorf and Alfred Davis in London but by 1919, Rolex had already moved its base of operations to Geneva, Switzerland, a city renowned worldwide for its watchmaking.
The Rolex Oyster was released in 1926 which was the first wristwatch to be considered waterproof. This was later proven when it was worn by typist Merecedes Gleitze, who swam the English Channel. Rolex had sponsored the event and gained positive exposure and publicity as the swim lasted over 10 hours and the watch still worked perfectly. This made headlines around the world!
1945 saw the birth of the Rolex Datejust, the world's first self-winding watch featuring a date window. Rolex developed a Jubilee bracelet especially for the Datejust to make it instantly recognisable. The watch was originally created for men but later became available in many different styles for men and women. To browse our large collection of Datejust watches with more information about this iconic piece of Rolex history please click here.
The classic Submariner was launched in the year 1953, the world's first 100 metre water resistant watch made it very useful for diving. The uni-directional rotating bezel allows the wearer to keep track of their immersion time which goes nicely with the easy readable dial featuring the new style Mercedes hands. The Submariner is one of the most recognisable watches in the world today having appeared in many Hollywood movies such as James Bond.
In 1955, Rolex released a watch, after a request by an American airline, to cater for pilots who were frequently flying from timezone to timezone, the GMT Master. It featured an additional hour hand which pilots would set to GMT time.
Back in 1963, Rolex launched a new generation of the chronograph watch, the Cosmograph. This watch was later named the Daytona as Rolex signed a deal to be the official timepiece for the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. The brand have continued to sponsor the Speedway ever since.
Rolex is proud to be the official timekeeper of the Wimbledon Tennis Championship. Rolex have been an official partner for Wimbledon since 1978 and both the tournament and the watch brand are suited for an affluent crowd therefore they both have the same target audience. The luxury watch brand have even targeted Swiss tennis star, Roger Federer, and his timepiece of choice is a Rolex.
In 2013, Rolex signed a deal to become the official timekeeper and timepiece of Formula 1. This sponsorship deal is just like the one they have in place with Wimbledon as it brings two market leaders together.
Ever since the birth of the Daytona; Rolex have sponsored the Daytona International Speedway and the 24 hour endurance race they host is currently known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Rolex have also been known to sponsor the PGA Golf Tour.
If you're looking for a gift for a loved one or simply fancy treating yourself, we have an excellent range of mens and ladies pre-owned Rolex watches. Here at Market Cross Jewellers we have a 7 day hassle free return policy so if for any reason you are not happy with your purchase then you can return the watch to us within seven days of receiving it. Your Rolex watch comes with an authenticity certificate and a 12 month warranty that will cover the inner-workings and timekeeping of your watch in the near future. We also offer the ability to sell your watch back to us or use it as a part-exchange for a more expensive model.
If you require any more information regarding any of our Rolex watches then please do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com or if you to prefer to speak to us by phone; call us on 01642 253939.